The Melbourne story: an analysis of the city’s economy over the 2000s

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Hurley, Kathleen (2015) The Melbourne story: an analysis of the city’s economy over the 2000s. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


This thesis examines economic growth and change across the city of Melbourne over the 2000s. In the late 1970s to early 1980s, and again in the early 1990s, Melbourne was seen as having a bleak future, as a consequence of the deindustrialisation occurring in the city throughout the late twentieth century. However, Melbourne grew rapidly at the start of the twenty-first century, renewing its profile globally and attracting population. This thesis examines the factors behind the rise of Greater Melbourne over the 2000s, and specifically the rapid revival of the central city area of Melbourne. The study assesses the relevance of economic geography theories (the Global Cities hypothesis, the World City Network (WCN) and agglomeration economies) in relation to Melbourne’s economic growth. Globalisation related theories concerning knowledge cities and workers are also considered.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES)
Keywords economic development, economic geography, policy, demographics, CBD, central business district, infrastructure, economic history, politics, economics, Victoria, industrial urban form, financial industry, insurance services industry, APS, advanced producer services, science, technology, scientific services, technical services, professional services, accounting industry, occupational change, knowledge workers, higher education, engineers, legal professionals, ICT workers
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